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 Expert  723201

Expert in Entrepreneurship, Startup Financing, Business Plan Development, Due Diligence, Cleantech, Energy Technologies, and Nanotechnology

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California (CA)
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has started two early-stage cleantech companies over the past 10 years in the water treatment and building materials sectors, raising multiple rounds of venture financing and securing numerous government grants for both. He drove IP development, strategic partner identification and management, joint development agreements, product development, and manufacturing strategy. He also built financial models and conducted techno-economic analyses of various technologies. He sold the water treatment company in 2012 and the company in the building materials sector is now entering pilot scale production.

market assessment


technoeconomic evaluation


financial modeling


team building




product design


intellectual property


license agreement


corporate strategic planning






business strategy


grant management


grant writing

Expert has served as an investment advisor to a family fund based in San Francisco that focuses on investments in the resources space. This includes fields such as oil and gas, energy storage and production, water treatment, chemicals production, synthetic biology, advanced/nanomaterials, and life sciences. He has evaluated the technical and commercial potential of over 400 different companies over the past 5 years, and helped portfolio companies with various operational issues such as business model analysis and iteration, as well as go-to-market and intellectual property strategy.

return on investment


investment research




capital investment advisor


venture capital support

Expert has industry experience in electronic materials processing, having worked for Intel Corporation as a Sr. Process Engineer in the area of plasma etching for CMOS logic device fabrication. He has also conducted research in the area of hot-wire chemical vapor deposition for thin-film amorphous, polycrystalline, and epitaxial silicon growth. The applications of this research were in developing cheap methods for silicon solar cell (photovoltaic) fabrication.

He has utilized a variety of microfabrication techniques such as photolithography, reactive ion etching, ion beam milling, plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (CVD), low-pressure CVD, sputtering, and electron beam deposition. These techniques have been applied towards nanomaterial device fabrication.


microfabrication plasma etching


electronic material processing


semiconductor material

Expert has worked with researchers in the development of chemical micro/nanosensors based upon carbon nanotubes and other one-dimensional nanomaterials. These sensors can be used for trace gas detection/analysis and biomolecule (pathogen) detection.

Expert has conducted research into nanomaterials (e.g., carbon nanotubes) for application in nanostructured membranes. He has fabricated nanostructured membranes that can be used for gas separations, reverse osmosis/nanofiltration, and biomolecule filtration.


nano drug delivery


gas-permeable membrane


carbon nanotube





Expert has extensive experience in the broad area of nanotechnology. His specific expertise lies in nanomaterials growth and processing, particularly carbon nanotubes (CNT). He has developed novel processes for carbon nanotube membrane fabrication, having published this work in high impact journals such as Science and Nanoletters. He has worked with researchers in developing carbon nanotube-based sensors for trace gas detection and protein detection. He is well-read in the nanotechnology literature, from applications in electronic devices (CNT transistors) to renewable energy (CNT-based photovoltaics, thermoelectrics).

nanotechnology regulation



Expert has worked in academia and national laboratories in conducting research into thin-film silicon growth for low-cost photovoltaics. He has also worked with industry partners in evaluating the suitability of transitioning development-stage film processing techniques into industrial manufacturing processes.

solar energy

Expert has utilized a variety of chemical analysis methods towards detection of analytes such as explosives, narcotics, and biomolecules. He optimized an ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) system used routinely for airport screening for narcotics and explosives. He has also used electrospray mass spectrometry techniques that can be used for biomolecule detection (e.g., proteins). Another area of work has been laser ablation mass spectrometry for direct chemical analysis of solids with no sample preparation required; this has been applied towards isotope ratio determination.

quantitative chemical analysis


metal chemical analysis


chemical analysis instrumentation design


hazardous chemical analysis

Expert has built extensive IP portfolios and crafted IP strategy while at Lawrence Livermore National Lab and in the private sector with two startup companies he built from scratch, and has experience in licensing IP from national laboratories. He also has experience advising startups on the above issues.

intellectual property licensing


intellectual property due diligence


intellectual property dispute


chemical intellectual property


intellectual property strategy


intellectual property analysis

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: San Jose, California;  San Francisco, California;  Sacramento, California;  Oakland, California;  Stockton, California;  Fremont, California;  Modesto, California;  Salinas, California;  Santa Rosa, California;  and Hayward, California.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
2002   PhD   Chemical Engineering   California Institute of Technology  
1997   BS   Chemical Engineering   University of California, Irvine   Summa Cum Laude

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2012 to





Investment Advisor


Advisor to a San Francisco-based family fund started by renowned venture investor Tom Baruch. BFV focuses on investments in companies that address pain points in resource-constrained markets. Over the past 5 years, I've evaluated the technical and commercial potential of over 400 different companies spanning numerous disciplines such as: renewable energy storage and production, water treatment, chemicals production, oil & gas, synthetic biology, and advanced/nano- materials, among others. I've also helped portfolio companies with various operational issues such as business model analysi and iteration, as well as go-to-market and intellectual property strategy.

2012 to





Vice President Business Development


Founder of a venture-backed startup developing a next-generation electrochromic window technology. Led company's Seed and Series A venture financings and raised government grants, bringing in over $20M in capital. Cultivated strategic partnerships within the glass and window industry, negotiating key Joint Development Agreements. Secured exclusive license to foundational IP from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and crafted company's IP strategy. Worked with R&D and Manufacturing teams to transition technology to pilot-production scale.

2008 to 2012





Chief Technology Officer


NanOasis was a venture-backed startup Expert founded in 2008, developing next-generation reverse osmosis membranes for desalination. He authored the original business plan, developed its technical and business strategy, led a team of staff scientists, established JDAs with key suppliers, and led fundraising efforts. Secured more than $9M in venture capital and government grants, including one of the first ARPA-E grants. Sold the company in 2012 to a private water treatment company.

2003 to 2008


Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



Staff Scientist


Led various research projects in nanomaterials for separations, sensing and energy harvesting. Lead inventor of carbon nanotube membrane technology for water filtration, which later served as the inspiration for my 1st startup company NanOasis. Internal/external fundraising from DOE/DOD to support research. Co-advisor to graduate students/postdocs on micro-/nano-fabrication research. Co-investigator on various chemical/biological forensics projects.

2002 to 2003


Intel Corporation


Logic Technology Development


Senior Process Engineer


Senior Process Engineer at Intel's Technology Development fab in Hillsboro, OR. Managed plasma etch and associated metrology tools, supervised technical staff responsible for tool maintenance/operations, and led investigation into novel optical technique for resist profile and film stack analysis.

Career Accomplishments:

MRS, IEEE, APS, FACSS Phi Beta Kappa


2012 Kauffman Fellows Finalist 2011 Kauffmann Entrepreneur Award 2010 R&D 100 & Editor's Choice Award 2007 1st Place Siemens Technology Entrepreneurship Award

Publications and Patents Summary

Over 20 scientific publications totaling >2500 citations 26 technical presentations, several invited or keynote 20 patents issued or pending

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Energy and Environmental Science  
 - Advanced Materials  
 - Microfluidics and Nanofluidics  
 - Science  
 - 62/411,891  
 - 62/289,610  
 - 62/118,167  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
2003 to 2008   Department of Energy   Research Scientist   He worked as a researcher in the area of nanomaterials for a Department of Energy laboratory. He represented this laboratory at numerous professional scientific meetings and workshops and was a principal investigator on several projects sponsored by DOE.
2008 to 2011   Department of Energy/Department of Defense   Principal Investigator   He is/was principal investigator on several DoD- and DOE-sponsored projects aiming to commercialize nanomaterials membranes for seawater desalination.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He has assisted a law firm in conducting a survey of the patent landscape in nanomaterials synthesis.
  • He has worked with venture capitalists in providing technical due diligence for proposed investments in the clean-tech space, including technology assessment, market analysis and business model selection.
  • He has consulted with clients interested in understanding the possible failure modes of semiconductor process tools.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Contamination.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Nanotube expert needed for a patent review regarding fabricating nanotubes.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2005 to 2008   Netherlands   Collaborations with a membrane technology group at the University of Twente to optimize techniques used in the characterization of nanoporous membrane materials.
2003 to 2004   France   Investigating methods for aligned growth of nanostructures by a variety of chemical vapor deposition schemes (thermal, DC plasma, ECR plasma) with a group at Ecole Polytechnique.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
Spanish   He has moderate conversational, reading, and writing ability in Spanish.

Market Research:
He has keen insights into technology trends in the cleantech space, ranging from photovoltaics to water treatment technologies. He has interacted extensively with the venture capital community to learn about funding trends in these areas. He has also conducted detailed market segmentation analyses to develop appropriate go-to-market strategies for startups.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

He has given numeous presentations to diverse audiences, several invited, at professional meetings and symposia in the areas of nanomaterials/nanodevices, microfabrication, process design, and solar energy. He has presided over sessions on nanocomposite materials at these meetings. He has also given talks on entrepreneurship to scientists wishing to start companies.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

He has established relationships with a variety of companies involved in nanomaterials production and characterization, as well as processing tools used in thin-film and vapor deposition. He assessed their technology and performance specifications to see how well they matched with the needs of various projects. He has also provided them feedback on additional capabilities that he would like to see in future generations of their materials and tools.

Other Skills and Services

Served on a PhD thesis committee for a Chemical Engineering student at MIT from 2011-2015


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